My Grey Spell – continuing the set up for #HD2015

My Grey Spell – continuing the set up for #HD2015

I have a sore back today, grey speckled face and wrists and a niggling worry about hanging my work in the #lockerroom off the #blue corridor in the #secretcourtyard  – but hum ho, another day. The positives: I now have grey walls (please don’t need another coat today), general lighting rigged and many coat hangers, ink arrived, paper…all to be revealed later! Actions: Find suitable hanging/ fixing system. Magnets? To look like mirror fixings? Then paper can be removed and will not be damaged. To plinth or not to plinth and to conceal my wells or not – working in the space changes how I think the work should be shown and the proportions of the large sheets of paper need to be carefully looked it. Buy salt. Find containers to carry saline solution to site. Boxes for interactive work station Set up grid of nails/ clips for hanging and punch paper (maybe literally) The site is really coming to life, stages being built, a wonderful old caravan set up which will also be a stage – I wonder what the neighbours think?!  ...
#HD2015 in the deep end of process

#HD2015 in the deep end of process

As the set up days for #HiddenDoor Festival 2105 rapidly approach I am physically involved in dunking, dropping, mixing and ‘draw-ing’ tests to see what works as I scale up and up. My final college review brought up issues of audience participation, making some work before the work is installed and maintaining my own artistic integrity through clear audience direction. Oh the responsibilities are weighing heavy…will the paper be strong enough, the choice of ink (will I balk at the colour separation my beloved Quink gives?) but as @SusieLeiper and @LyndaWilson from the Artist Book Group said last year ‘…what will be?’ I am oddly...
#HD2015 – ‘Draw’-ing(s) in fluid progress

#HD2015 – ‘Draw’-ing(s) in fluid progress

‘Draw’-ing(s) from the secondary meaning of the word Draw: 2. To bring, take, or pull out, as from a receptacle or source: to draw water from a well. Following the site specific work I made for last years Hidden Door Festival I am continuing to develop the theme of transformation and abstraction of the book form on a larger scale with a ink, saline and paper piece ‘Draw’-ing(s). Several large pieces of paper will be suspended with their ‘foot’ in a well of ink/ saline solution to transform during the festival. This years visitors to #HD2015 will be able to ‘feed’ the work and help shape its form – open to accident and incident it is intended that the piece will transform the space it is hung in. The changes will be recorded at set times and the record made on etching plates to remain after as a record of the process. © Felicity Bristow...
#TYA a dedicated artist book

#TYA a dedicated artist book

I was so excited to receive my image book from PhotoBox, although too late to submit for college I now have a visual record of the process I went through during my artist residency at #TYA (Tweeddale Youth Action, Peebles) as part of the Working Perspectives Project initiated by Crossing Borders artist group and Peebles Creative Place 2014. As I struggled with a clear identity for my work during this residency it is a great relief to see how the work progressed and came together, in the comforting form of a book, richly referencing the young people and their words – giving them a public voice. #TYA #nofear #dedication...
‘…getting involved becomes involving.’

‘…getting involved becomes involving.’

My Working Perspectives Residency with #TYA: ‘From the very first visit time I met the very enthusiastic Dave Hodson, Manager, from Tweeddale Youth Action I quickly learnt that #TYA was a vibrant and diverse youth community organization that offers an essential and supportive service to the young people in and around the Tweeddale area. #TYA also links up with other local organisations eg PeeblesCAN to co-work on projects, imbedding itself deep within the community and engaging with all age groups. The energy from Dave during that first ‘blind-date’ chat was infectious, something also clearly felt by the young people who use the youth group to socialise. Since last August I have attended six drop-in sessions on Friday nights in the Old Fire Station Building, School Brae – each time meeting new faces, learning more about the group and how it works. The group also has other nights they are open and more structured sessions running after school for younger people. In October 2014 I went every Friday night as a regular drop-in visitor myself. I wanted to become more aware of what #TYA meant to the young people at the older end of their age range. Each week I learnt more about its members and how the group worked, and I spent time each session with Dave, Heather and Tom the #TYA youth workers. The #TYA staff were open and focused on their roles and the young people clearly valued having their own space to socialize in with adults who they felt they were equal with. The young people hung out, challenged each other to play table football, to...